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Preventative care procedures can detect serious conditions

Posted On Wed, October 6, 2010

New health insurance plans will be required to cover preventative care services without charging a co-payment, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Detecting a serious condition early can increase a person's likelihood of survival.

This can be particularly true of cancer. Catching cancer early can help prevent it from spreading to other organs. With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is highlighting how preventative screenings can help detect breast cancer and make treatment more successful.

"Due to the introduction of widespread screening as well as advances in treatment, the breast cancer death rate in the U.S. declined by approximately 26 percent between 1975 and 2007," says Sebelius.

The American Cancer Society says women over the age of 40 should have a mammogram every year. Furthermore, the group recommends women in their 20s and 30s have a clinical breast exam every three years.

Eating a balanced diet and getting exercise may help some women ward off breast cancer along with other serious health conditions.

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